Dwight “Dee” R. Perry, Jr.

Funeral services for Dwight “Dee” R. Perry, Jr., 53, Lawrence will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Lawrence Free Methodist Church in Lawrence. Private Burial will take place at a later date. Dee passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 at his home.

Dee was born October 28, 1964 in Lawrence, KS the son of Dwight R. Perry, Sr. and Barbara (Robbins) Perry.

He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1983.

After high school, Dee worked as a contractor and concrete foreman with JR Construction and then went on to work with his father in the home building business before venturing out on his own. Perry Construction, Inc. was formed in 1998 and Dee was currently building homes in the Fairfield Farms subdivision in Lawrence. Known to be a hard worker he took great pride in doing much of the work himself.

He was a member of the Lawrence Home Builders Association (LHBA) where he served as a past president and served on the Board of Directors. He and his family also served together as mentors in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. When he wasn’t working, Dee enjoyed jet skiing, boating, fishing, and woodworking. He was a true family man, always putting them before himself. The words “love you” flowed often.

Dee married Kara Olson October 21, 1989 in Lawrence, KS. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his son Dylan Perry; two daughters, Emma Perry, Meghan Perry, all of the home; parents Dwight and Barbara Perry and sisters, Bobbie Flory, Lawrence, and Mendy Robson, Ada, OK.

The family will greet friends and family from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Education Fund at Mid America Bank or in his name to a charity of donor’s choice and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

40 Condolences

  1. Ruth Mitchel on December 5, 2017 at 8:09 am

    To know sorrow is to acknowledge the love that was yours. To heal, day by day, is to build a bridge of love that will reach far beyond time into forever. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. If you need to talk about your husband or dad I’ve known him along time and loved him as a son. Take good care of you. Sympathy for your family.

  2. Ed & Jill Bradney on December 5, 2017 at 8:31 am

    So sorry to hear…. Dee will be greatly missed by all… May our prayers be with you and the family… We will miss Dee and his smile at the lake…….Always in our heart!!!!! Ed & Jill Bradney

  3. Judy Fowler on December 5, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Dylan, so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you
    and your family
    Judy Fowler

  4. Diane and Dennis Karpowitz on December 5, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers will be with you. I know that there is life after death and you can see him and have family relationships beyond the grave. May the Lord comfort you.

  5. Susan Adams on December 5, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    My heart breaks for both families! My prayers are with you all. I have always loved and respected Dee from the time I started working with him! Kara, I have also known you and your family for years — my heart aches for you and yours also!! ????????

  6. Scott Coffman - Midwest Fireplace on December 5, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    So sorry to hear of Dee’s passing. Dee always had a smile on his face when I would come in contact with him. Myself and our company had the honor to provide him with fireplaces in his homes he built. I remember taking Dee to Las Vegas with other homebuilders from the Lawrence area years ago. We had a fun time. He was great to be around and will be sorely missed. Our prayers are with Dee’s family and friends. God bless

  7. Suzy Yowell on December 5, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    So sad to hear this. We started school together in 2nd grade. Such a nice, fun guy and always had a smile on his face. Prayers to his family

  8. Sherry Tamerius on December 5, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! Praying for your family!

  9. Shelly Doris Milburn on December 5, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Kara, condolences to you and your family. I am heartbroken for you all.

  10. Brian and Cheri Ezell on December 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    No words can take away the sadness and loss you are all feeling. Hugs and Prayers for you and your kids. Our hearts break for you all.

    Brian and Cheri Ezell

  11. Melissa Wick on December 5, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Karen and family: So sorry to hear of your loss. Our sympathy is with you in this time of sadness. A person who has loved well will not be forgotten.
    Melissa Wick and Brian Kuehl

  12. Hilary Brown on December 5, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Sending much love and peace towards you and your family. Dee touched so many lives positively with his humor, heart and smile. Sudden deaths are so hard ….know that so many are surrounding you and your family with love.
    Hilary Brown

  13. Lance and Jill Flory on December 5, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    So sorry for your loss, we always enjoyed Dee and he will be truly missed. Sending love and prayers at this difficult time.

  14. Jo Ellen Hicks Kasson on December 5, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I was shocked and sorry to hear of Dee’s passing. Not only was he a classmate but I knew him through our fathers, mine an architect. I’ll always remember his smile… thinking of you all through this difficult time.

  15. Laurie Groninger on December 5, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Oh my gosh Kara! I am so sorry to hear about Dee. My thought and prayers are with you and the kids during this time.

  16. Joni Robson Smith & Greg Smith on December 5, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Know that God has his loving arms around you, hold tight to each other and know that you are loved and prayed for during this difficult time.

  17. Kim Murphree on December 6, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Sending love and prayers to you and the family. God bless and keep you in His Grace and the knowledge that our loved ones are never lost to us.

  18. Toland and Garreth Hippe on December 6, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Kara and Family:

    We are so very sorry for you loss. We hope and pray that during this time of grief and transition that you all may feel as much peace as possible to help carry you through your suffering.

  19. Marvin and Kathy Pine on December 6, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Marin and Kathy Pine

    Barbara and Dwight:

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. As classmates, we can understand the loss of a child. May peace be with you and your family.

  20. Susan Lomshek on December 6, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Kara~ I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Hold those special memories close to your heart.

    With love and hugs,
    Matt, Susan, Mackenzie, Katie and Hunter Lomshek

  21. Jerry Cunningham on December 6, 2017 at 11:18 am

    To the family of Dee,
    We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Dee was one of those special people that could make a days work a little easier with his light jokes and his happy outlook on life. He will be missed greatly. Our prayers are with you all.
    Jerry Cunningham & Family

  22. Colleen Lignell on December 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    To the Perry Family:
    I am so very sorry to hear about Dwight. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  23. Mary Lou Roberts on December 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Kara, Dwight, Barbara, and Family:
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Mary Lou

  24. Michael Bennett on December 6, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I haven’t seen Dee in a while, but we played DCABA baseball together for years and then became friends at WJHS. He was almost always happy, quick with a joke, had a smile on his face and was a good friend. He will be missed.

  25. Steve & Karen Fenstemaker on December 6, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Such sad news. Haven’t seen Dee in probably 20 years but knew him well through school. Had a lot of great times together! Prayers for the family during this time of grieving.

  26. Vicky and Brian Pontius on December 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Kara and Family, Brian and I are so sad to hear about Dee’s passing. We are praying for you. Dee was always so pleasant and we enjoyed being a round him. I always called him the ” Pied Piper” because wherever he was the kids were gathered. He will be missed.

  27. Melissa Williams on December 6, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Thinking about your family. Dee, Kenny and I shared so many good times together. God speed my friend.

  28. John Olmstead on December 6, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    I first met Dee and his Father Dwight in 1990 when they were building the the Prairie Park Development. Dee was a hard worker and enjoyed life to the fullest. So sorry Dee will be missed.

  29. Adam Hazelwood on December 7, 2017 at 7:21 am

    So very sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  30. Karen Williams on December 7, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Dee’s passing. He was one of those guys in high school that got along with everyone. He was kind and as others have shared always smiling! I’m praying for you all during this difficult time. May God comfort you and give you peace.

  31. Murl and Carla Westheffer and family on December 7, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Our most heartfelt condolences for your loss. From knowing Dylan, we know that his father left a legacy and set an example in raising a fine young man. You are all in our prayers during this very difficult time.

  32. Dean & Sue Radcliffe on December 7, 2017 at 11:33 am

    There are no words! Our hearts are breaking for you! You are in our prayers at this most difficult time.

  33. Tom Sego CDR/USN (Ret) on December 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Barb & Dwight,
    I was never fortunate enough to meet “Dee”, but know he must have been a Great Man, as I know the character of his parents.
    The above comments reflect a very caring, successful and superb Father as well-

  34. Gary and Diana on December 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Dee was a wonderful man and we were all were blessed to have him in our lives. We are praying for you and Dylan, Emma and Meghan and know that our Lord will be with you, strengthen and comfort you, in the coming days.

    Love, Gary and Diana

  35. Joy Slavens Molle on December 7, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Kara and family- My heart is broken for you. May you find strength in the days ahead. You are in my prayers.

  36. kyle Wright on December 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    My condolences to the Perry family. I met Dee in 10 th. grade . I have great memories of shooting pool, fishing, 4 wheeling and even finishing concrete. Dee was always good at anything he wanted to do. He was a great man and will be missed greatly by many.

  37. Sue Davis McDaniel on December 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Kara and family, my deepest sympathy on your loss. Hugs and prayers to all.

  38. Jeff Duerksen on December 8, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Jeff Duerksen
    To the Perry family. I’m so sorry to hear of Dee’s passing. We truly lost a good man, a friend and a classmate. My prayers are with your whole family. Dee and I go back to junior high and high school. I will always remember the good times we had at the lake,four wheeling, shooting pool and just hanging out. It’s been twenty four years since we seen each other. He will be missed but not forgotten.
    Your friend

  39. Marcia and Bob Kerr on December 9, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Barb and Dwight we are so sorry about the loss of your son. We will be thinking of you and your family in the days to come. Prayers for all of your family.
    Marcia and Bob Kerr

  40. Beth and Randy Ham on December 10, 2017 at 4:53 am

    We are so sorry for you and your family’s loss and will be praying for strength, comfort and guidance for you during this time.

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